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6 Pros and Cons of Traveling Solo

Traveling solo is an increasingly popular trend. The number of people holidaying alone has increased forty percent over the past decade. The common misconception that people travel alone because they have no other choice is changing.

There are many reasons why people opt to go it alone. People are generally more travel oriented, independent and adventurous than they once were.

With people marrying later coupled with a high divorce rate, there are many more single people around and most of them like to spend their downtime pursuing their own interests. Even some married couples vacation separately these days.

It’s often difficult to coordinate work commitments and vacation time with others and often partners and friends simply don’t share your interests.

Whether or not solo travel is the best choice for you, is largely a function of personality. If you are shy and have difficulty talking to strangers, or are prone to loneliness and depression when you are away from familiar people and surroundings, you are likely not cut out for solo travel. Vacationing alone can take you way outside of your comfort zone, which is precisely why it’s attractive to many people.

Solo travel is an adventure.

If you are thinking of taking the plunge and heading out on your own, consider these pros and cons. [Read more…]